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Chehaw asks for $1M to keep animals, accreditation

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Wild Animal Park at Chehaw could lose its accreditation if city leaders cut funding next year.

Chehaw executive director Doug Porter asked commissioners Tuesday for a little more than $1 million to be used next July.

According to the Mayor, says Chehaw leaders said they would try to ween themselves off public money.

But Porter says the city is the only source of public funding the park receives, and he worries they could lose their Association of Zoos and Aquariums national accreditation without it.

"I think what's gonna happen here is there probably will be some negotiation," said Porter. "We hope for full funding, we'll probably be able to sell that okay to A-Z-A, but if we were to lose all funding then we would have a big problem."

Porter says the park would lose animals if they lose their accreditation. He says the rhinos and cheetahs would be the first to go.

Commissioners requested more information from the zoo and could vote on the request at their next meeting.

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